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My Hero: Mike Logan
Title: Untitled WIP, Adult Contemporary
When Mike and Savannah meet in the Bahamas, they both know they want to spend the rest of their lives together. They just might make it, despite the disapproval of family and friends, Savannah’s ex-lovers that won’t go away and Mike’s inner demons. But just as Savannah is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, a killer seeking revenge threatens to take it all away.
Mike Logan (played by Danny Pino who even plays a cop on TV)
“Mike. It’s nice to meet you.” I shake hands with my next hunky hottie. Tall. Well-built. Smoldering dark eyes. His grip is tight with rough skin, unlike some of the girly-men I’d interviewed. Ten Hottest Men in Miami. Sometimes I love my job.
“This is my fiancée, Savannah.” His eyes sweep the room before landing on me again.
Savannah steps forward to offer her hand; her bright sundress grabs my attention. “Hey, thanks for letting me sit in. I love your magazine.”
“Thanks. Why don’t you have a seat.” The burgundy stripes in are dark brown hair are cool, but I can’t get away with something radical like that at my job. “So, as you know, Mike, your friend Kiera nominated you for our Miami Nites annual Hottest Men contest.” I skim her application. “She said that you have always been there for her over the years.”
“Yeah, I saved her ass a time or two. Or ten.” He chuckles. “If it were anyone else, I wouldn’t be here right now. Of course after this one found out.” He nudges Savannah. “She wouldn’t let me decline.”
“You know it, baby.” Savannah slides her hand into the crook of his arm and squeezes.
“Let me review a few things. Correct me if needed. You were born in Miami Springs. Moved to Coral Gables in high school. University of Florida for college. Then back to Miami for the police academy. And now you’ve been with Miami-Dade Police Department for six years working in the narcotics undercover unit.” I look back up, and he nods. “We’ve heard a lot about you recently with everything you went through. So who is the real Mike Logan? Can you describe him with one word? I’ve heard him called a hero.”
Mike’s face clouds over, and he doesn’t answer right away. One of the reasons we chose him was because of his bravery.
Well that and his rugged looks. Sexy Latino men drive the women wild–me included.
Four weeks ago he took down two drug dealers in a deal gone bad. The police are still searching for the third brother who escaped. I wish I could ask him about that story, about his partner that was murdered in cold blood, but this isn’t the place.
He scratches his shoulder, drawing my attention to the tattoos covering his arms. Most of our top ten men are fairly clean-cut. Maybe one or two tattoos, but not this many. “I’m just a guy.”
Just a guy, huh. False modesty or real? Rumors were floating that he inheritated quite a bit of money from his parents death years ago. That he probably didn’t ever need to work again, but yet continues to live a simple life. “Then how would your friends describe you?”
Before he opens his mouth, Savannah blurts out, “Loyal, generous, sexy.”
I clap my hand over my mouth to stop my laugh. Mike rolls his eyes. “That’s three,” he says. “And they would never call me sexy.” Savannah grins.
“So how do you relax in your time off?”
Mike’s face softens. “With a cold beer. Grilling a steak with my friends and family.”
I scribble down his answers. “Now our lady readers will be a little disappointed to find you are unavailable, but they’d still like to know what is your idea of a perfect date.”
Mike’s smile widens as he looks to Savannah. “I don’t think you can print that.” Savannah gives him a little wink before he turns back. “A bottle of Merlot. A private midnight cruise with a beautiful lady.”
On a boat, under the stars with him… definitely. “How about your perfect woman?”
“She’s right there.” He points to Savannah.
“Ahh, you’re so sweet.” She squeezes his arm again and their eyes lock. I feel as if I’m interrupting something.
He breaks her gaze and looks back to me. “Yeah, well what else could I say with her here?” Savannah gives him a look of mock indignation. “But seriously, I would say someone who’s real. Confident. Beautiful and strong.” Savannah smiles softly at him.
My official questions are done, but I’m curious about their story. “I heard that you two were engaged after knowing each other for only a week. Was it love at first sight?”
“More like lust.” Mike keeps a straight face even after Savannah punches him in the arm. “But yeah, she put me under her spell. We’ll be married this fall.”
Maybe I should take a trip to the Bahamas. Find some hot guy to take care of me. “Well that covers it. Now you get to go see the photographer. The shoot will probably take longer than this.” I point to the door. Can’t wait to see his pictures. Mike is definitely model material.
“Great,” he says with a small sigh.
“Let’s go.” Savannah jumps up and tugs on his arm. “This is going to be so much fun.”
Mike mutters something under his breath, which makes Savannah smile. I thank him and watch as she leads him to the doorway.
FYI: If you made it to the end. These characters are from the very first novel I started. It is temporarily trunked because I’ve moved onto other things and before I can really get into revision, I need to take a trip to Miami and The Bahamas.
As soon as I sell my first story, I will be making that trip. I hope sooner than later.